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psychOUT calling for submissions

Started by tilwearefree Jul 26, 2011.

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Comment by Adrian Fynch on February 27, 2013 at 12:53pm

Hey everyone!

My friend and I have started a new distro specifically about zines dealing with mental health. We are looking for submissions! Check out our manifesto here: https://www.facebook.com/GuanoDistro and contact us through there or at guano.distro[at]gmail[dot]com

Comment by Ryan Mishap on April 15, 2010 at 7:55pm
Reading Beautiful Mess, I came across something Sarala wrote about thinking she wouldn't live to thirty years of age but now she knew she would and was looking forward to it (I hope I got that interpretation right).

This made me think of a decision I made more than ten years ago: I had a right to be happy. Forget the "positive psychology" clap-trap about how people have a duty to be optimistic and project happiness and never talk about negative things--I'm not talking about a duty to be happy. I mean that we all have a right to be happy. Doesn't mean we will be. Doesn't mean there isn't a heap of shit, suffering, and oppression in the world and in our way that prevents happiness. But we have a right to live a fulfilling life, experiencing all the emotions we are capable of.

When I thought of this, I knew I wouldn't kill myself. Doesn't seem like that big a deal or an epiphany, really, but why the hell shouldn't I have a good life?

I removed suicide as an option.

It isn't easy, but self-hate, crushing sadness when seeing the suffering of others, and despair that anything will improve are just emotions I feel: they aren't the only ones. The hardest thing, I've found, is to remember the good emotions, the pleasurable experiences, the times when I did something right. Regret-o-vision can take over and move me into a downward spiral, but regrets aren't the only memories I have.

At age 36, I've got a store of good memories, too, and those I'll hang onto.
Comment by Adrian Fynch on February 14, 2010 at 3:11pm
Johnny - I'm going to Chicago Zinefest, want to trade there?
Comment by Ryan Mishap on February 14, 2010 at 10:09am
Welcome Illuminati and Johnny. I love trades: PO Box 5841 Eugene OR 97405 usa.

I just finished number 28.
Comment by Johnny Misfit! on February 13, 2010 at 11:21pm
my zines are about relationships usually. need i say more. contact me if interested in trade or for more info.
Comment by Ryan Mishap on February 13, 2010 at 4:31pm
Adrian, shoot me your address at mishapzine@yahoo.com and I'll send the new one and some others for trade, if you want. Thanks,
Comment by Adrian Fynch on January 17, 2010 at 5:05pm
For sure, I'm down for a zine trade.
Part of the reason for starting my old zine was to express all the crap that was happening. Most of my zines now can be considered 'downers', I guess. You can have a look at them on my page here.
Comment by Ryan Mishap on January 17, 2010 at 1:55pm
Welcome, Adrian! As you probably can tell, I don't get on here much. I started this group as a joke reply to someone starting a "happy only" zine group because they were sick of depressing perzines. I like all types of zines and want to read about all aspects of people's lives--cutting out the sad, tragic, and horrible limits are ability to understand each other and the realities of the world.

Tell it like it is, and I'd love to trade zines with you, or anyone who signs up.

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